Introduction: Altoids Prank

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This is a simple prank for Trick-or-treaters. It only requires a window alarm and an Altoids tin. I picked up an alarm at the dollar store.  For a buck a piece you can make one for every trick-or-treater in the neighborhood (just the people you know).

Step 1:

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First, clean the tin so the double sided tape that comes with the alarm can stick. You will also need to test out the alarm (it was only a dollar so quality is not the best). Try to resist from quoting Boondock Saints while looking at the criminal in the picture. 

Connor: Okay, Roc...
[Connor looks at him and laughs; his mask is badly put on]
Rocco: What? You guys got masks.
Murphy: You look like Mush Mouth from Fat Albert.
[as they keep giggling, Rocco takes his mask off]
Rocco: Fine! F**k it. When we're done, she can ID me. I don't care. Just trying to be professional, but nooooo...
Connor: It looks fine!
Rocco: F**k it.
Connor: Now shut the F**k up, you look good. Put it on! You look F**kin' scary, man!
[Rocco puts his mask on, again badly]
Connor: [trying not to laugh] Now Roc, are you sure that you're obee-kay-bee?

Step 2:

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Place the sensor centered on the lid and close to the edge, like in the picture. It comes with a sticky backing so peel off the wax paper and stick it to the lid. It is not important if you are off a bit.

Next is the loud part, place the alarm body close to where you think it should go (no tape yet) and turn it on.The alarm will sound until you close the lid. After it's closed, it should shut off, but if it does not then just lightly shake it into place until it shuts off. Without moving the alarm body, open the lid and trace around it so you can remove the wax paper and stick it into the same place. 

Step 3:

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You are done! now when it opens 90db alarm will startle even the toughest trick-or-treater!


DiyGal123 (author)2016-02-17

I dont get it....

it's supposed to go off when you open it

CrystalB01 (author)2014-04-23

What dollar store do you go to?!

SailorEarth (author)CrystalB012015-07-05

Dollar Tree carries these or at least they did a few months ago. My grandmother bought one of these alarms for her house.

tjesse (author)2011-10-19

I'm sad nobody noticed the change to the logo, so I will shamelessly point it out.

TheDiyFan (author)tjesse2014-01-12

Hehe i noticed it! I looked and I was like wait, what?? LOL!

ksharp2 (author)2011-10-09

I'd suggest putting some Altoids (or something similar) back in to make it the right weight, and so you can feel them shaking around and making their noise - otherwise they might know something's up!

pcanywii (author)ksharp22013-06-18

good idea!

pcanywii (author)2013-06-18

you have the most disgusting altoids boxes in the world!

ninjapanda12 (author)2013-04-12

What's with all the cussing?!

Paracord Ninja16 (author)2012-05-16

hahahahaha this just reminded me of how i found a thing of altoids on my science teachers desk! I was like "oooooh! Altoids!" and She told me to open it and i did .There was a huge,dead cock roach in it

Now that's just cruel.

Beggsie11 (author)2012-04-28

Curiously LOUD mints
Very funny

gpiatt (author)2011-10-09

... better still, get out a ruler and measure.

randomray (author)gpiatt2011-10-16

LOL , I was thinking the same thing . Still it's a clever and annoying idea . Wooot

tjesse (author)randomray2011-10-19

With the lid closed it's hard to measure, but it's not impossible. I only ask why? This adds at least one more step (if not more) and seems, from experience, unnecessary. I'm not against the ruler, I even own a few ;). Step 2 took seconds and is 100% accurate because you know the magnet lines up. Just in my defense gpiatt has only commented once (see above) so I did not feel the need to explain. You on the other hand seem like an active and respectful member.

randomray (author)tjesse2011-10-19

Seriously I'm a ruler kind of guy . Whatever method happens to work best . In my job sometimes measuring works best and other times to get those impossible to measure fit ups you need to make a scribe fit . Which this is effectively I guess . Regardless its a sweet little project and thanks for sharing it with us .

Pfarmkid (author)randomray2012-03-03

i dont need no stinkin ruler HEH HEH HEH

tjesse (author)gpiatt2011-10-09


caarntedd (author)2011-12-18

I'm going to make this. Love the altered slogan on the lid.

hjjusa (author)2011-12-09

Not om subject, but I happened to have one of these laying around when the battery in my digital calipers went out. I took it apart and the batteries fit perfectly in my calipers. Nex time I went to the dollar stor I stocked up,

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ninjasamurai (author)2011-10-29

What, i don't understand, is it an altoids alarm?

randomray (author)2011-10-16

Thanks for a cool idea . I'm going to leave one lying around at work . The only question is will I wait till April Fools day or just go for it .

tjesse (author)randomray2011-10-19

People will forget I bet.

hihihi0hi (author)2011-10-15

I'm going to do that.

tpapaleo (author)2011-10-09

Leave it on a table in a conference room, next to a little sign that says "Do NOT open this tin!"

account3r2 (author)tpapaleo2011-10-10

Most people can't resist not doing EXACTLY what something says not to do or something similar :D

Jollyrgr (author)2011-10-09

Handing these out for Halloween might not be a fantastic idea. Some "punks" might think payback would be fun. Such as they fasten it to your front door and it goes off when you want to leave. Although if I had got one of these for Halloween I would have considered it better than any of the candy. :)

I like Tim Timple's suggestion. The only problem is my coworkers would narrow it down to me in about five seconds.....

tjesse (author)Jollyrgr2011-10-09

They asked for a TRICK.....or treat.

TheGeek1984 (author)2011-10-09

So simple. Yet so brilliant!

tjesse (author)TheGeek19842011-10-09


bjarne96 (author)2011-10-09

simple but effective

Tim Temple (author)2011-10-09

Leave it in the classroom for a student coming in for the next class to find and -- out of boredom -- open the lid.

askjerry (author)2011-10-09

Are you sure you are Obekaybe?

tjesse (author)askjerry2011-10-09

Thanks for the link!

ak08820 (author)2011-10-09

Great idea!

Arferlala1254 (author)2011-10-07

i wanted to see a video...

tjesse (author)Arferlala12542011-10-07

It's too scary to put on video! J/k. I will try to prank my mother-in-law on camera and post it.

CHARLESCRANFORD (author)2011-10-07

Easy and only $1. Gotta love it.

tjesse (author)CHARLESCRANFORD2011-10-07

The batteries alone are worth a dollar!

IRSisSIR (author)tjesse2011-10-07

i don't know if these are the same batteries, but!-You_ll-be-Surprised.../

(this is not my instructabel)

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